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The Darcys and Their Melodic Parts

The Darcys at The Silver Dollar
The Darcys
Whale Tooth, Bravestation
The Silver Dollar in Toronto, ON
December 18, 2010

Review by: Amanda Macchia
Photos by: Kayley Luftig

If you weren't somewhere amidst the thick crowd and green fog of The Silver Dollar Room this past Saturday night, you were probably disappointed to find out you missed a killer line-up of young Toronto blood ripping through solid sets for a show consistent in quality and talent.

The Darcys

Sandwiched between Whale Tooth and Bravestation were art-rockers The Darcys. Flooding the room with electric wailing and distortion, Jason Couse (vocals, guitar, keyboard) made use of countless peddles to produce the indescribable sounds featured on tracks like "House Built Around Your Voice." And as Mike le Riche (guitar, vocals) and Dave Hurlow (bass) piled their melodic parts onto the intricate arrangements being solidified by the percussion of Wes Marskell (drums), one becomes mystified by the complexity of the sounds the foursome are able to reproduce onstage.

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Whale Tooth

Hometown indie-pop-rockers Whale Tooth brought their new wave-influenced tracks to the stage, led by the outstandingly charismatic front woman Elise LeGrow (vocals). The bright chord progressions and syncopated rhythms of tracks like "Coastline" and "Big City Lover" encouraged some movement in the generally immobile crowd, but LeGrow didn't hold back. Her stage presence and antics are simultaneously giddy and sultry, creating a perfect medium for the delivery of her playful, yet gritty vocals, in the same style as the typically incomparable Debbie Harry of Blondie. The parallel between the two front women was heightened when the band performed a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass," allowing LeGrow to demonstrate her own unique falsetto via the classic song.

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Bravestation

Bravestation delivered their well-balanced material to the crowd in their typically humble fashion. Tracks like "White Wolves" and "Colour Us With Youth" demonstrate the young band's undeniable ability to produce and perform music that is synthetically infused but simultaneously authentic in its instrumentation, and always accompanied by Devin Wilson's (vocals, guitar) clean, malleable melodies. Furthermore, songs like "Outlines of Everyone" prove that Bravestation understand what it means to let current elements meet 80's influences halfway.

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